The safety of all is paramount when works have to be carried out on the highway. Traffic (vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians) need to be warned of the existence of the works and then guided safely around them with temporary signs. This often necessitates the use of temporary traffic lights (which can only be erected if an application has been made and agreed).
If it is impossible or unsafe to carry out work in proximity to 'live' traffic, it is sometimes necessary to put diversions in place and close the road. This decision is never taken lightly.
If you have any concerns regarding a road closure, please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.
Please report a highway obstruction to us as soon as you can so we can investigate the incident.
If you have attended an event in the borough at which you have encountered a problem, please inform us using the contact details at the bottom of this page.
The Council seeks to minimise road works disruption by co-ordinating work on the Highway (Network Management). Where possible, individual Utility Companies (e.g. electricity, gas, communications, water etc) are encouraged to take advantage of the programmed work of others so that disruption is minimised. Once an organisation has road space 'booked' for works, the organisation is obliged to carry out the works as quickly as possible and in such a way as to cause minimum inconvenience to other road users. Dudley Council will:
Note: Temporary Signs and Traffic Lights must comply with the Traffic Signs Manual, Chapter 8 (Traffic Safety Measures and Signs for Road Works and Temporary Situations).
Any event on the public highway involves a significant amount of risk and event safety has to be paramount. It is recommended that where possible events are held in parks and open spaces, as the highway is a potentially dangerous place to hold events. If you wish to hold a street party or close a street for any other reason, approval before the event must be obtained to ensure that the following conditions are met:
The Event Co-ordinator is responsible for:
For a Street Party, in addition to the above requirements you must also comply with the following:
For Street parties you can apply for a temporary road closure (national event) through our online form.
For more information on road safety issues please see: Road Safety
Complete the application form for an event on the highway (available at the bottom of this page), fill out and print off.
Please find our online Forms below.